RACHEL HARTLEY (American, 1884 – 1955)

Rachel Hartley, a painter and illustrator who was born 4 January 1884 in New York City, made her home in Southampton, Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of sculptor J. Scott Hartley, a founding member of the Salmagundi Club, and the granddaughter of the great American painter, George Inness. Hartley began painting and sketching at the age of ten and received formal training at the Art Students League where she later taught. She was the artist for a Beebee Research Expedition to British Guiana in 1916, and she also painted in South America and the West Indies. In the United States, she painted in her travels down the East Coast. As an adult, she spent part of each year in Crystal Beach, Florida where she founded the Clearwater Museum, now the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center. A painter of Southern subjects, her works are in major collections of Southern art of the United States.

 

Studied

New York Art Students League

 

Work

Museum of Georgetown, British Guiana

Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia and many other art collections in the United States

 

Member

New York and Washington, D. C. Art Groups

Art Students League

National Arts Club

Washington Art Club

American Federation of Artists

 

Exhibited

Ainslie Galleries, New York City, 1922 (solo)

MacBeth Gallery, New York City, 1926 (solo)

Pen & Brush Club, New York City, 1927

Pen & Brush Club

 

References

Falk (ed.), Who Was Who In American Art; Laufer, Modernism in the Morris Museum of Art; Laufer, “Modernism in the South,” American Art Review (June 2002); Macbeth Gallery, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas Exhibition of Paintings by Rachel Hartley; Mallett (ed.), Index of Artists: International – Biographical; Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers; Pennington, A Southern Collection; Petteys, Dictionary of American Women Artists; University of Kentucky Art Museum, A Place Not Forgotten, Landscapes of the South.